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Haley Barbour: GOP platform should include Education Dept. abolishment

The former Mississippi governor was cautious, though, noting that it doesn’t mean “you want to get rid of public education.”

Last week, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered some thoughts on the oft-debated question in Republican platforms: to include abolishing the Department of Education.

??Being for getting rid of the department certainly doesn??t mean you want to get rid of public education,? Barbour, a former Republican National Chairman, said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast last week in Washington, ??it means getting rid of a federal intermediary so state and local governments can operate without a giant bureaucracy.?

Emphasizing: ??you don??t want people to get the impression you??re against public education,? he said he agreed with restoring the call for abolishing the 33-year-old department to the Republican platform ??as long as it??s recognized what the goal is.?

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